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Jai Courtney Reveals Terminator Genisys is a “reset”

So far, Terminator Genisys has been a fairly secret affair. Our only little taste until now was the pictures from the set that leaked online, which showcased some of the film’s cast, from the likes of Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, but it wasn’t real news. Now though, we have finally got some real news and this time it’s coming from another of the film’s stars, Jai Courtney. He claims that the upcoming reboot is not a reboot, or even a retelling, it is actually a ‘reset’.

“I think it’s going to be really cool what they’ve done with it,” says the star. “People want to know if it’s a sequel or a reboot. A word that kind of came to me is that it’s more of a ‘reset’.” He told Total Film recently.

“That’s the awesome thing about when you play with time travel. We can kind of get away with, you know, maybe we’re introduced to a world that audiences know but circumstances can change and that shifts the course of everything.”

It certainly sounds like the screenwriters for Genisys, Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, are taking a giant leap of faith by messing with the original storyline and creating a different ‘path’ for the characters to choose. It’s something that may sit fine with new fans of the franchise, but to all the people who saw the originals in the 80s, it may be hard to take.

Courtney did go on to stress that new fans will enjoy the new Terminator, as it does not require them to have seen the original films to understand Genisys,

“I don’t think it’s either or,” he says. “I think it’s, if they wanted to (watch the previous films) they could but I don’t think that if they hadn’t they’ll see our film and be completely lost.”

Not much is known of the plot right now; however it was originally supposed to follow John Conner, played by Christian Bale (who played Connor in 2009s Terminator Salvation) as he travels back through time to fight a new batch of Terminators called Hunter-Killers and Harvesters, which have been deployed by Skynet. All the while, Connor would meet up with an old scientist played by Robert Patrick, who is researching cell replication, and you probably guessed it straight away: Patrick’s scientist then goes on to become the template for the T-1000 which was the ‘bad guy’ android in Terminator 2. So, why did this plot get thrown away?

Terminator Salvation wasn’t even that bad of a film, even though it almost destroyed the franchise…

Two words: Terminator Salvation. It was supposed to be the start of a new trilogy and was mainly going to follow John Conner as he battles Skynet (Sarah Conner was apparently due to return in the third film). However, after Terminator Salvation’s owners, the Halcyon Company declared bankruptcy, the production was halted on the new trilogy – and the troubles did not end there. After some legal troubles over the rights to the Terminator franchise, Pacificor came in and won the rights to the franchise, meaning a fifth film would be made, but it would be the start of its own trilogy meaning Salvation is now a standalone, and Genisys would be the start of the new series. Also, it was announced that Genisys would be directed by Fast & Furious, and Fast Five helm, Justin Lin; however, Lin dropped out so he could direct Fast 6 meaning that Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) would take over in the director’s chair.

Even though we don’t know anything about the actual plot of Genisys, we do know who will play each character – well most of them. Games of Thrones star, Emilia Clarke will play a young Sarah Conner, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes lead, Jason Clarke, is now the new John Conner (not Christian Bale), Jai Courtney who made his name in films like Jack Reacher and A Good Day to Die Hard, is Kyle Reese, Dayo Okeniyi whose made appearances in films like The Spectacular Now and The Hunger Games will play Danny Dyson, and Lee Byung-hun, who is mainly known for his roles in Korean movies will take on the role of the android (T-1000) who was originally played by Robert Patrick. Nevertheless, one android everyone wants to see returning is the original Terminator himself – Arnold Schwarzenegger –  who, to everyone’s delight, will definitely reprise his role in Genisys.

There are plenty other big actors yet to be named in a role, from the likes of Doctors Who’s Matt Smith, and the legendary J.K. Simmons; I’m sure news will start to flood through in the coming months as we near its July 1st release date next year, while the sequels will arrive in May 2017 and June 2018.

In the meantime, considering we don’t have any footage to show you, you can rest assured that this upcoming instalment will still be an action-packed and still mature sci-fi romp even though it may be given the PG-13 treatment; Jai Courtney expands:

“I would love to see it be rated R, but I don’t think it will. I think in this day and age, it’s much more likely to be PG-13. There were no f-bombs. But there’ll be a healthy amount of movie violence.”

Let me know below whether you think the tinkering of the original’s timeline will affect your view on the film.